how to lower blood sugar without insulinThese days, there are so many ways to lower blood sugar without insulin. But for most people, insulin is one of the scariest things a doctor can say.

For starters, here are a couple of things to keep in mind.

Insulin only makes up a very small percentage of a doctors prescribing regimen when it comes to type 2 diabetes. Insulin is only used for a couple of main reasons.

Three of the biggest reasons why a doctor may put you on insulin have to do with one of the following:

  1. You’re older and you’ve had diabetes for a number of years and your pancreas isn’t making enough of it [insulin]
  2. Your blood sugar is so high that insulin is the best option
  3. Oral drugs are no longer working

I’ve heard of many of the doctors that I work with threatening their patients with insulin. I think this is a bad approach. All it does is make people fear insulin even more.

Not to mention many associate insulin with worsened diabetes, amputations, and dialysis.

But remember, as I mentioned already, insulin is usually a small part of most primary care doctors’ prescribing regimen.

Usually they will prescribe an oral drug for diabetes and after 2 or 3 different drug combinations and your blood sugar levels are still out of control, then most doctors will prescribe insulin.

So having said that, here are a couple of ways to control diabetes without insulin:

  1. Oral drugs for diabetes
  2. Diet and exercise
  3. Supplementation

Here on my site I share many ways to control diabetes naturally. And in a minute I’ll share more natural ways to control your blood sugar. But at some point, insulin is needed if years of high blood sugar levels persist.

So the key is to find a way to control your blood sugar by one or more of the ways listed above to avoid having to go on insulin later on.

So let me walk you through a couple of ways to tackle this…

First, you should always have an idea of your blood sugar levels and you want to keep them normal.

Here are 4 reasons why your blood sugar may be high:

  1. You haven’t taken your diabetes medication(s)
  2. You ate more than usual
  3. You are less active than usual
  4. You are under stress or sick

Here are 7 symptoms that your blood sugar may be high:

  1. More thirsty than usual
  2. More hungry than usual
  3. You’re sleepy
  4. Blurred vision
  5. Dry skin
  6. Having to urinate more than usual
  7. Infections or cuts that heal more slowly than usual

Next, you’ll want to try to modify your lifestyle. And when it comes to natural ways to control blood sugar without insulin, your diet is KING.

So step two is to start to incorporate a few foods, herbs and supplements into your diet that are well known for their blood sugar lowering abilities.

Foods & Supplements That Lower Blood Sugar

  • Beans
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Onions
  • Citrus
  • Buckwheat
  • Onions
  • Chromium
  • Olive oil
  • Tarragon
  • Fenugreek
  • Cilantro

Step three is to start to add a few basic, fun ways to get your body moving. Exercise is a great way to control your blood sugar without insulin.

And last but not least, remember to take your medication. If you don’t take your medication regularly, this can affect you in a BIG way. Drugs aren’t as effective if they aren’t taken as directed.

You have to understand, when you go to see your doctor and if you are already on 2 or 3 medications and you aren’t taking them as you should be, your test results may be higher. Your doctor may interpret this as these drugs aren’t working anymore when really you just haven’t been taking them. Now your doctor may feel like insulin is your best option.

If you need more help in this area, take a look at my Master Your Diabetes program. I go through these steps and show you how to do it.

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are diabetes and depression linkedLiving with diabetes can be a challenge. Not only is it tough to manage blood sugar levels, but it can also be tough to manage emotions.

The big picture with type 2 diabetes is your health, life and happiness. And when these things get disturbed worry can set in, or worse, saddened mood or depression.

This can become a problem when you start to lose interest in things and it starts to affect the way you do things on a daily basis.

Depression is a medical condition where you may feel like you’re stuck in a rut or tough spot. It has nothing to do with a person’s mental makeup or all of the other things that people may think.

Diabetes and depression are quite common. Research shows that one can cause the other. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, the complications and burdens of type 2 diabetes make a person at an increased risk for depression.

The best thing to do is get medical attention to help you get back on track.

Factors that contribute to depression:

  • Family history
  • Stress
  • Life crisis
  • Job loss
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Uncertainty about medical condition

Many of the experts link depression to changes to the brain, which may affect how you feel and/or your mood.

But one of the most important things that must be taken into account when it comes to depression with diabetes, is that you must still take care of yourself.

Some of the biggest dangers are:

  • Not measuring your blood sugar levels
  • Emotional eating
  • Not exercising enough
  • Not taking your medicine
  • Kidney, eye, and heart problems are more common in depression with diabetes
  • Not taking care of yourself

The Diabetes Depression Checklist

Seek medical attention if you or someone you know with type 2 diabetes:

  • Is depressed or sad for two weeks or longer
  • Has no interest in doing the things they once liked to do
  • Speaks about death or suicide
  • Doesn’t make decisions they used to make for themselves
  • Someone is very inactive for a prolonged period of time
  • Has changes in weight
  • Acts bothered for a prolonged period of time
  • Worrying about something more than what seems normal
  • Has a severe loss of energy, or  insomnia
  • Smokes more than they usually do

Action Steps

If you or someone you love is struggling with depression and diabetes, the best thing you can do is seek immediate medical attention. Consult your physician.

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